How to care for a dollar tree?
A dollar tree or zamiokulkas is a plant that scientists attributed to the Aroid family. Few know what the name of this type of ornamental flora is due to its external similarity with another known plant - zamie. Zamiokulkas are home to regions of the African continent, where a humid tropical climate prevails. With some simple rules, the dollar tree grows well at home.
Zamioculkas is an incredibly beautiful, noble, evergreen plant that can adorn any home. It has strong, fleshy dark green leaves, slightly elongated, oval in shape. At the ends of each sheet there is a taper. At home, a dollar tree can reach a height of 100 to 150 centimeters. At the same time the plant has a tuberous root system. The flower looks very stylish thanks to the rich shades of foliage.
Many can be struck by an unusual flowering, which usually occurs at home in the spring. To achieve this, it is very important to ensure the proper care of the plant. The inflorescence resembles a corn cob cream or light green. It should be noted that the inflorescence is formed in the lower part of the plant, due to which it can be hardly noticeable. Sometimes a flower can release several cobs at once.
For the first time, zamiokulkas was studied in 1828 by a great lover of exotic plants, Conrad Loddizhes. As a decorative flora for interior decoration, it began to be massively used only at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st centuries. In 2007, a new variety was bred - a miniature dollar tree that reaches no more than 60 centimeters in height.
Often the dollar tree is confused with the money, which has the scientific name of the colony. These indoor flowers belong to different families - Crassol and Aroid. At the same time, the appearance of two plants is different.We recommend to remember this feature to all amateur florists.It is worth noting that Zamiokulkas is poisonous, but it will never cause severe poisoning. You just need to save small children and pets from trying to taste the leaves and inflorescences of the plant. Flower sap can provoke allergic reactions. For this reason, people who are prone to allergies should protect their skin with gloves with contact.
Temperature and lighting
A dollar tree feels comfortable at moderate temperatures. Care involves maintaining the temperature in the room at a level of 20 to 22 degrees in the summer and 16 to 18 degrees in the winter. In no case should the temperature be lowered below 12 degrees. Otherwise, the dollar tree will die. Usually in apartments and private houses, the plant feels comfortable. It should be borne in mind that it is better to grow Zamiokulkas in a cool room than to artificially raise the temperature with the help of heating devices.
A dollar tree likes well-lit rooms, which you should definitely consider when caring for a flower. At home, it is better to mix the pot with a plant in the southern part of the house or apartment.In this case, the leaves should not get direct sunlight, which negatively affect the state of this type of decorative flora. In the warm season, a flower pot can be taken out on the balcony, as it feels comfortable in the fresh air. Care also involves transplanting a dollar tree. Young plants are transplanted in the spring every year, and adults - every two years. The substrate should consist of 1 part of sod land, 1 part of sheet soil, 1 part of peat land and 1 part of sand. It is very important to provide excellent drainage so that excess moisture does not accumulate in the pot. If you do not follow this rule, it can destroy the plant.
Caring for a plant involves the implementation of moderate watering at home. In winter, it is necessary that the soil has time to dry well between wetting. Watering should be done no more than once a week. In the summer, you can increase the number of procedures.
The dollar tree does not need constant spraying from a spray bottle. But on the leaves of the plant dust particles settle, which need to be cleaned with a wet wipe so that the flower does not lose its attractive appearance. It is not recommended to grow the plant in rooms with very low humidity. It is desirable that this figure was 50 - 70%.
It is very important, while caring for zamiokulkas, to periodically introduce mineral fertilizers into the soil. Ideal blends for cacti and succulents. It is important to note that any fertilizer needs to be added to the soil during the warm period, when an active growth phase is observed. This time from mid-spring to the end of summer. The frequency of fertilizing is once every 15 days.
A dollar tree is a plant that has recently become very popular. Many believe that it brings prosperity and happiness to the house. Care for him at home under the power of people who do not have much experience in the cultivation of decorative flora. The plant has a beautiful appearance.Under favorable conditions, it will delight its owner with an unusual flowering, reminiscent of the ear of corn.